What does Sam mean?
Sam \sam\ as a boys' name (also used less regularly as girls' name Sam). Nickname of Samuel or Samson, sometimes used as an independent name. "Uncle Sam" has been the personal face of the American government for over a century. Playwright Sam Shepard; actor Sam Waterson; singer Sammy Davis, Jr
Sam is a very popular first name for men (#192 out of 1220, Top 16%) and also a very popular last name for all people (#4017 out of 88799, Top 5%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Presented below is the birth name popularity of Sam for boys. Sam reached its top rank of #34 in the U.S. then, and is currently at #533. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Shown below is a comparison of the popularity of Sam and associated names. Sammie, Sammy, Sampson, Samson (#628 last year) and Samuel (#23) are the popular variation forms of Sam (#533 last year) ranked in the Top 1000. This boy name reached the peak of its popularity during the years 1940-1949 and is now significantly less widespread, with the forms Sam, Sammie, Sammy and Sampson becoming less trendy. Samson (#628) is the most contemporarily stylish name for newborns in this list, with this name going through a rebound in popularity. (2014 Birth Statistics)